"And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn." (Luke 2:7 KJV)
"For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord." (Luke 2:11 KJV)
Our Awesome God sent His Son from Heaven, that magnificent glowing city with streets of gold, to a dirty manager, with smelly sheep and donkeys, to be a savior for you and me. He sent Jesus because He loves us. He knew we would sin again, but the Blood of Jesus Christ was the only shield that could cover our sin from His sight.
Let's focus on the fact that the Jews had little hope under the oppression of mighty Rome and so, how could the birth of a poor insignificant child be important? At the time of Jesus' birth communication was poor, even if the people had recognized the eternal, lasting significance of His birth to us. But most did not realize what Jesus would do for us. So the angel's proclaiming His birth was all the attention He got. God's people listened and spread the word among themselves, that He was Emmanuel, our Savior.
People who meet Jesus Christ want to tell others about Him. The shepherds were told and they went to see this wonderful baby. They left, wanting to tell others about what they had seen and heard. If Our Awesome God had told the kings, the rich and the powerful, they would probably have killed Him. God knew what he was doing and how long it would take - and He did it.
Our ways are not Our Awesome God's ways. We need to remember, God has a plan and a purpose for all He does and His ways will work. Christ came to live with us and grew up knowing and experiencing all our fears, worries, frustrations and temptations. So He can relate to us in all these areas when we need help.
We need to be more like the shepherds who really listened, saw and then went out, boldly telling all who would listen about our wonderful Savior, Jesus Christ. Our Awesome God had sent His only begotten Son to die for the sins we have committed. He gave hope to a hopeless small nation called to be His special people, the Jews. He gave hope to us as gentiles that we could be His adopted children and go to heaven. Emmanuel was born and lived among us. Praise His Holy Name!!
Come and join us at Living Word Baptist Church today, Sunday Christmas day, for a Worship Service at 10:30 AM. On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests and Bible Study along with a separate Spanish Bible Study until 8:00 PM. After Christmas holidays, Bible Study and AWANA clubs, a children's program, will resume on Sunday nights at 6:00 PM.
Flo & Bill